There are five types of felonies in Ohio: first degree felonies, second degree felonies, third degree felonies, fourth degree felonies and fifth degree felonies. Felonies are more serious crimes than misdemeanors and can include offenses such as murder, manslaughter, rape, drug trafficking, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and felony DUI.
Examples of common crimes and their felony degree are listed below:
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For a first degree felony you can face up to 11 years in prison and/or a fine up to $20,000, for a second degree felony you can face up to eight years in prison and/or a fine up to $15,000, for a third degree felony you can face up to five years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000, for a fourth degree felony you can face up to 18 months in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000 and for a fifth degree felony you can face up to 12 months in prison and/or a fine up to $2,500.While first and second degree felonies typically come with a prison sentence, third degree felonies do not carry any presumption and fourth and fifth degree felonies usually carry penalties other than prison time.
Murder is not categorized in Ohio. If convicted of this crime, you can face a sentence that ranges from 15 years in prison to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years, to life in prison without parole to capital punishment.
You may be able to get a felony offense expunged down the road if you only have one felony conviction on your record or one felony and one misdemeanor conviction. If you would like to learn more about felony charges in Ohio, contact Hess Legal LLC.
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